Submitted by melev on Tue, 08/15/2017 - 00:48
The Neon Dottyback, Pseudochromis Aldabraensis, is a beautiful addition to a reef tank. This pseudochromis may be territorial and possibly aggressive toward other tankmates so it would be best to have larger semi-aggressive fish to keep it in check. It could eat some ornamental shrimp. The system I photographed this fish in had peppermint and cleaner shrimp, so odds are he's been well-fed by the owner.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 15:18
What a mouthful of a name for this adorably tiny eel-looking critter that is often seen dwelling inside a LPS coral. Siokunichthys nigrolineatus is also known as the Mushroom-coral Pipefish. Typically found in Indonesia, Philippines. They grow to 8 cm in length, but remain very thin. In this picture they are within a Heliofungia coral. There are at least four in this picture.
Photo by Richard Ross
Here's another picture (below) by Diana Schmitt, a SCUBA diver friend of mine.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 01:52
I bought this Target or Spotted Mandarin - Synchiropus picturatus - to help consume and remove flatworms from my 55 gallon reef. Unfortunately, this fish doesn't seem to find them the least bit appetizing. However, it has found plenty of other food to eat, including prepared foods and even pellet food. Although it is a slow moving fish, it is extremely elusive when I try to photograph it. Reef-safe.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 01:50
In January '04, our club meeting at one LFS scored me this lovely fish. It is an Orange Mandarin. I'd never seen or heard of one this color, but I did have a Green Target Mandarin that might like a mate. This female was chased by the other for months, and I thought they'd never get along, but finally they cruised the 55g each day searching for food. Because of the fish I kept, I also hatched live brine shrimp every 48 hours to assure the Mandarins had live food.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 01:47
Comments by Eric: This beautiful flasher wrasse is commonly known as a McCosker's Flasher Wrasse; its scientific name is Paracheilinus mccoskeri. It has an excellent personality and will follow me from one side of the tank to the other. This wrasse is reef-safe and spends the majority of its time swimming around the tank in search of food. I feed it a mixture of frozen mysis and cyclopeze every other day. This fish will reach a maximum size of 8 cm and is an excellent candidate for smaller reef tanks.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 01:46
At a club meeting, we won this Magenta Dottyback - Pseudochromis porphyreus - in the raffle. After thinking about it, we put it in the 29g reef as it seemed like the friendliest zone for it. And to our surprise, we found out this little guy is quite aggressive, often chasing away my Lemon Meringue Wrasse that was five times bigger! Still, it didn't caused any real trouble. YET. Eventually, this fish was banished to my son's 29g, where it lived with a mated pair of Gold Striped Maroon Clownfish that wouldn't be intimidated.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 01:44
Early on in the saltwater hobby, I found tons of bristleworms in my tank. I really didn't like them, as they came squirming out of the rockwork and substrate at every feeding. So I bought a Longnose Hawkfish - Oxycirrhites typus - to take care of the problem. And this fish did just that, he got every one in sight. However, it didn't decimate the population, because there are always more deep in the crevices of the rockwork. I just don't have to see them, unless I look late at night with a flash light. This fish likes to park in odd spots, like it is On Duty.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 01:39
You've probably seen the bright yellow and black Foxface. This is a more expensive and somewhat more rare Magnificent Foxface (Siganus magnificus). This particular fish is a ravenous herbivore, and will mow down nuisance algae in a reef. When stressed or frightened, their color changes. Special care should be made to avoid the spines on its back, as these carry a serious sting. Reef-safe.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 01:30
Here's a beautiful fish that is not reef safe at all. This is a Volitan Lionfish - Pterois volitans - and as a child my father had a predator tank with a huge one that we fed often, probably daily. I've always wanted one, but the risk of being stung by the spines on the dorsal area is quite prohibitive. Humans have been seriously affected by their toxins, so it is usually best to have a second person nearby to keep it at one end of the tank with a net while you clean the other end.
Submitted by melev on Mon, 08/14/2017 - 01:27
This is a Naso Tang - Naso lituratus - that came with my 280g reef tank in 2004. I couldn't give her away, so beautiful was she... I named her Spock due to her vulcan eyebrows. This fish is very friendly and loves to draw near when I approach the tank. Many times she gets in front of the lens during a photo-session, wanting her picture taken I'm sure. This fish grows very large in the wild, as much as 15" long, and even my giant reef seems too small for her at times. Tangs should be fed often as they forage for food all day long in the ocean.